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I’m a writer, mainly about art and jazz. I am currently the art critic for The Spectator magazine, and also contribute to many other publications. I have recently finished A History of Pictures: from Cave to Computer Screen, co-authored with David Hockney. My previous book was Rendez-vous with Art, co-authored with Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. My other books all scrutinize the working process of great painters: nine weeks in the life of Vincent van Gogh, seven years of John Constable’s romance with his wife-to-be, around 250 hours which I spent sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud, a series of dialogues exploring painting, landscape, space, time and perception with David Hockney, and a biography of Michelangelo Buonarrotti.

New Book

 A History of Pictures: from Cave to Computer Screen

A new book by David Hockney and Martin Gayford studying depictions of the world from prehistoric days to the 21st century, including painting, photography and films, published by Thames & Hudson. You can read an extract from it in The Spectator magazine here.

Thames & Hudson has also recently reissued a new and enlarged paperback edition of a previous collaboration with David Hockney, A Bigger Message. You can read an extract from it published in the Daily Telegraph here, and buy it from the publisher here.